Thursday’s news links – April 16, 2020

Indigenous Peoples

Harvard Project: Covid-19 Poses A $49.5b Threat To Tribal Economies Native News Online

Montana Judge Blocks Keystone XL Permit for River Crossings Bloomberg

Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit Guardian

Covid-19 coronavirus

Granma: BioCubaFarma in the COVID-19 battle

Michigan Rep. Whitsett tells Trump, Pence about hospital shortage experiences Washington Post

‘A Tragedy Is Unfolding’: Inside New York’s Virus Epicenter NYTimes

In a city ravaged by an epidemic, few places have been as hard hit as central Queens.

Their Grandmother Left by Ambulance. Then They Could Not Find Her. NYTimes

Transit union says passengers should be forced to wear masks during pandemic

Class war

This Is Truly a War:’ Nurses Are Staging a National Day of Protest Vice

Whole Foods staff protest against conditions as coronavirus cases rise Guardian

Whole Foods workers across the US are planning to hold another sickout protest on 1 May, as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infections at the supermarket chain continue to rise and workers charge the Amazon-owned company is doing too little to help them.

Hazleton meat-packaging plant closes with 130 workers testing positive for COVID-19. Union leader at Souderton plant died last Friday. Penn Live

Inside the Union Where Coronavirus Put 98% of Members Out of Work ProPublica

734 Henry Ford workers test positive for COVID-19; Beaumont has 1,500 ill employees Detroit News

‘Blood on Their Hands’: Trader Joe’s Workers Are Angry and Terrified Daily Beast

Bookstore Warehouse Employees Demand Protections After Nine Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 InsiderNJ

Coronavirus concerns prompt second construction union to walk off Massachusetts jobs Boston Herald

SD governor rejects ‘feel good’ shelter-in-place order around COVID-19 stricken pork plant, now with 438 cases

Amazon to Suspend Operations in France Over Coronavirus Dispute NYTimes

New York nurses union to sue state health department, hospitals over equipment shortages Politico

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos grows fortune by $24bn amid coronavirus pandemic Guardian

Philly port workers threatened a work stoppage over coronavirus safety precautions. They’re still calling for more. Inquirer

Essential Work Organizing Upgrade

Under capitalism, the only real essential work is that which makes a profit. How can we seize the moment to push for change in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic?

Capitalist crisis

The tension between public health and patents in the Covid-19 era STAT

Tax change in coronavirus package overwhelmingly benefits millionaires, congressional body finds Washington Post

Frontier Communications, saddled with debt files for bankruptcy

Elon Musk, Jamie Dimon, and Vince McMahon: Here are 20 of the biggest names on Trump’s list of advisers to reopen the US economy Business Insider

COVID-19: Elon Musk failed to deliver ventilators to CA Sacramento Bee

COVID-19: How Big Pharma and Big Philanthropy Consume the World CounterPunch

Under capitalism, disease is an immensely profitable industry, and huge pharmaceutical corporations excel at extracting enormous amounts of wealth from our public health.

Manifesto for Housing Justice: Against the Pandemic of Capitalism and Racism LeftEast

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